REITZ MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-ATHLETE NAMED GATORADE INDIANA BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Andrew Cross of Reitz Memorial High School as its two-time 2017-18 Gatorade Indiana Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Cross is the seventh Gatorade Indiana Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Reitz Memorial High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Cross as Indiana’s best high school boys soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in June, Cross joins an elite alumni association of past state soccer award-winners, including Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Steve Cherundolo (1996-97, Mt. Carmel HS, Calif.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, 2002-03, East Brunswick HS, N.J.), Matt Besler (2004-04, Blue Valley West HS, Kans.), Jack Harrison (2013-14, Berkshire HS, Mass.), Mallory Pugh (2014-15, Mountain Vista HS, Colo.).
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior forward led the Tigers to a 20-2-1 record and the Class 2A state championship this past season. Cross scored 24 goals and passed for 13 assists, scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Ft. Wayne Concordia Lutheran in the state final. A First Team All-State honoree and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he concluded his high school career with 95 goals and 45 assists in his prep soccer career.
Cross has maintained a 3.56 GPA in the classroom and will play collegiately at the University of Dayton this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Cross rejoins recent Gatorade Indiana Boys Soccer Players of the Year Andreas Roslender (2015-16, Carmel High School), Jordan Kleyn (2014-15, Avon High School), Michael Riedford (2013-14, Reitz Memorial High School), Mike Galullo (2012-13, North Central High School), Femi Hollinger-Janzen (2011-12, Bethany Christian High School), Eriq Zavaleta (2010–11, Westfield High School), A.J. Corrado (2009-10, Zionsville Community High School), Harrison Petts (2008–09, Zionsville Community High School), Mitch Day (2007-08, Memorial High School), and Robby Lynch (2006-07, Carmel High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Andrew will be able to again select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.
Andrew is a 4 year member of the Varsity team and helped lead the Tigers to the 2017 IHSAA 2A Soccer State Championship. He scored both goals in the State Championship game as the Tigers defeated Ft Wayne Concordia Lutheran, 2-0 in Indianapolis on October 28th. He recently was named as a 1st Team All-State selection by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA), the ISCA Indiana Player of the Year for 2017, and a two-time All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Andrew Cross, Memorial High School, Senior, Forward
1st Team All-State: 2016 and 2017
1st Team All-City: 2015, 2016 and 2017 (POY)
1st Team All-Metro: 2015, 2016 (POY) and 2017 (POY)
1st Team All-SIAC: 2015, 2016 and 2017
24 goals / 13 assists
95 goals / 45 assists
Career Rankings at Memorial:
2nd in Career Goals (95)
4th in Career Assists (45)
2nd in Career Points (235)